About Us

The All-Party Parliamentary University Group was founded in 1994 by MPs and Peers to establish a dialogue between parliamentarians and university leaders on the issues concerning higher education. It is now one of the largest groups in the Palace of Westminster.

The University APPG’s objective is to be the main avenue of communication between parliamentarians and vice-chancellors of the UK’s universities; and to provide an opportunity to examine issues affecting the country’s university sector and university research which is influencing public policy and higher level skills.


The membership consists of senior representatives from UK universities, together with members of the two Houses of Parliament, drawn from all parties. Attendance at meetings is normally limited to MPs, Peers, and vice-chancellors who are members of the group (or by arrangement the deputy or pro-vice-chancellor that the vice-chancellor deems most appropriate for that meeting).

Speaker meetings

The group holds regular speaker meetings, dinners and breakfast briefings in the Palace of Westminster. Guest speakers, who are leaders in their chosen profession, are invited from all areas of academia, politics, policy making and industry. Spaces at the dinners are limited and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Further information

Confirmation of speakers, booking details, and meeting locations will be distributed closer to the dates of the meetings and available online. To become a member of the Group or to RSVP for a meeting, please contact us.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this website are those of the group.